Candidates to face questions during forum on Thursday
It will be round two Thursday night as the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce will have its second public forum for candidates. This time it will be for Baldwin City Council hopefuls.
The forum is slated for 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Baldwin Junior High School. The first forum, on Feb. 1 at BJHS, was for mayoral candidates and brought a crowd of around 200. It brought rave reviews in allowing the public to get to know candidates.
"I think everyone was happy with the first one," said Brenda Day, president of the chamber who was also the moderator. "We had a lot of compliments from the people who attended."
It's hoped that Thursday's version for city council will draw as much praise and attendance. However, it will be different. With nine candidates for the three open city council seats, it will take more time.
Day said she's had RSVPs from most of the candidates, but doesn't know if they'll all be there.
"I expect everyone will be there," she said though.
Another difference will be the moderator. Day is giving way to Ryan Beasley, Ph.D., a political science professor at Baker University.
Other than that, it should be about the same. Day said each of the candidates will be given two minutes for an opening statement, two minutes to answer questions and two minutes for a closing statement.
Also, the questions to be asked will come from Baldwin City residents, just like the mayoral forum. Anyone who wants to submit a question can drop it off at the chamber office at Eighth and High streets. Last time, all eight questions submitted were given to the candidates.
The primary election will be Feb. 27 and candidates who get through that will square off in the April 3 general election. Day isn't sure if there will be other forums after the primary.
"I think we're going to do a wait and see deal," she said. "We'll see what the reaction is. We'll see if the people are wanting more information."
Another change in Thursday's council forum will involve the Signal's coverage. Because there are nine candidates, each question and each candidate's answer will not be reported as was done with the mayoral forum. Space limitations prevent that.